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  1. Comment on Bishop John McAreavey: “Political representatives must answer for their own position on abortion…”
    on 18 April 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I have no idea of what the Bishop has previously said on the matter but is it not the case that Rome accepts that where the woman’s life is in danger – in those rare medical cases – a termination is permissible?

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  2. Comment on After the Visit, the greater epiphany?
    on 12 April 2014 at 11:00 am

    Brian asks “Why did nationalists make so little effort to try to persuade unionists into Home Rule over the decades?”
    Most Home Rulers believed the Unionists were bluffing.
    This delusion was derived from an ideology which cleverly included Unionists in the Irish nation. The Protestants were misguided but nationalists believed that their foolishness could be cured once the Home Rule deed was done.
    This all stems from the myth of the single Irish nation encompassing the island; a nation defined by God through the agency of seawater. This myth means you are allowed to ignore the wishes of unionists and if necessary force them to submit or get London to do the needful.
    Whereas in all national disputes, the question is not what God thinks or Nature dictates but who gets to decide the unit of national self determination.
    Think Crimea and an endless list of territorial disputes.
    Ultimately power trumps ideology.

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  3. Comment on Michael D and the Queen are just “what you need on occasions like this…”
    on 11 April 2014 at 7:08 pm

    The children of the Irish in Britain become effortlessly British and English, Scottish or whatever. They rarely become Irish British.

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  4. Comment on “a claim on behalf of Mr Green against Sinn Féin has been registered with the Fair Employment Tribunal…”
    on 8 April 2014 at 10:09 pm

    The new rules in England require claimants to go through ACAS before hitting a tribunal.
    Perhaps SF will encourage parity in this department now.

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  5. Comment on Green Party conference: Euro candidate Ross Brown sets out his stall and his journey #GPNI #GPNI14
    on 3 April 2014 at 1:06 pm

    “I realised that this country’s deep obsession with national identity is abnormal and everyone else in the world really couldnt care less.” And you were in America where the flag is everywhere and patriotism all around you!
    As if the war in Northern Ireland (3500 dead) would not effect people’s political and other sensibilities.
    Ross seems to be living in some youth bubble which is fine if the past has been put behind us but that has never been possible in Ireland.
    Or in Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Israel, Mali, Congo, Egypt, Afghanistan, Russia, Armenia, Colombia, CAR, Falklands, Iraq, Kuwait, Korea etc etc.

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  6. Comment on Green Party conference: Euro candidate Ross Brown sets out his stall and his journey #GPNI #GPNI14
    on 30 March 2014 at 10:34 pm

    So Ross Brown has progressed from a knuckle-dragging (literally) flag-waving Unionist to an urbane European.
    Sad that you have to sneer at your own background while extolling the tolerance of multi-cultural London (look around some of the ghettoes there) and Irish America (which as he uncritically says assumes if you are Irish you must be a nationalist).

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  7. Comment on Truth or justice: Highly unlikely that most us will ever have either…
    on 28 March 2014 at 11:55 pm

    An amnesty would have to be balanced with an end to HET, police ombudsman historic cases, public or private enquiries, inquests, civil suits, and criminal case reviews – indeed a complete cessation of all legacy litigation here, in GB, in Ireland and at international tribunals.
    A big ask for Republicanism and the legacy industry.

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  8. Comment on Alliance is diversity in action by Lauren Mulvenny
    on 27 March 2014 at 7:57 pm

    It’s funny how Alliance, when they run two candidates, find one pro-union and one pro-unity or is it one Protestant and one Catholic. How do they know?

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  9. Comment on Lo is aiming high but needs to figure how not to frighten our jumpy ethnic horses…
    on 26 March 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Just as the carriage passed the chapel door after a generation so most Catholics voting Alliance switch to nationalist candidates in time. It is hard to believe and difficult to remember that Alliance once had councillors in West Belfast.

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